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Research and Survey

Survey Specialist

Apply now Job no: 495683 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – 55 East Monroe Street, IL Capability Area: Education and Child Development


NORC at the University of Chicago’s Education and Child Development Department is seeking a talented Survey Specialist to work on a variety of challenging, interesting, innovative multi-year data collection and analysis projects.  This job is working on the operational side of survey data collection projects.

The incumbent is responsible for supporting small and large-scale survey, technical assistance, and evaluation projects for a variety of clients. The role requires expertise related to operational methods, including project design, data collection procedures, data management, data analysis.

This position will be located in our downtown Chicago office.

Due to current COVID-19 safety measures, employees who can work from home, are required to do so.  Once it is safe to resume standard practices of commuter travel and social interaction per government guidelines, we expect employees to maintain an office presence as required by projects needs and department leadership.


For more than 40 years, NORC has been committed to conducting high quality education research. Our department of Education and Child Development's research covers the full array of education-relevant populations, from pre-school children to the post-graduate doctorate holders. The scope of our education research methodologies has been wide-ranging, as well – including primary data collection, analysis and reporting of existing data, transcript abstraction, classroom observations, qualitative analysis, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.

  • Prepare survey contact materials; contribute to methodological and production reports; and write detailed training and reference documents
  • Develop survey instrument specifications and test survey systems
  • Monitor data collection productivity and quality through development of quantitative reports and ad hoc analyses, including summary tables, graphs, and text
  • Plan and provide support for trainings of interviewers and other production support staff
  • Support data analysis and products
  • Organize project meetings and take minutes
  • Work in teams to problem solve various data collection process issues
  • Serve as interdepartmental liaison between the functional groups of Survey Operations, Information Technology, the Field and/or Production Centers
  • Execute other duties as assigned
  • Bachelors' degree in the social sciences or related field (Masters' degree preferred)
  • At least 1 year of experience in a social science research environment (including internships)
  • Background in survey research preferred
  • Experience with quantitative analysis using SAS, SPSS, R preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Access
  • Understanding of systems design and implementation
  • Knowledge of data collection and data flow processes
  • Must have effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be able to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Solid organizational skills with ability to multi-task, strong attention to detail 

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.


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